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Port Officials Remove Water Hyacinth After Spraying Failed
Port officials in Stockton have removed hundreds of thousands of pounds of an invasive plant that has clogged their waterway and other waterways and harbors in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

More than 375,000 pounds of water hyacinth have been removed from the Stockton Deep Water Channel in the past several weeks.

Port officials are trying to avoid a repeat of last year, when ships stopped navigating the channel at night because they could not differentiate land from mats of hyacinth.

Port officials say a state spraying program failed to control the hyacinth, so they hired a Bay Area company to remove it.

 
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Algae Bloom Warnings are Overblown - The New York Department of Environmental Conservation issued a toxic algae bloom warning for Black Lake, located in the northern part of New York. Blue-green algae blooms produce toxic microcystis, a chemical with potentially deadly consequences for animals and people who ingest it. Water samples taken from bloom areas were 20 times higher than the recreational contact suggested limit, causing the DEC to issue the warning.


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